A major field research facility, the Bedrock Aquifer Field Facility (BAFF), has been established at the University of Guelph as part of G360. Located at 360 College Road, the BAFF, which is located on the main U of G campus on an important bedrock aquifer in the Grand River watershed, presents a unique opportunity for applied groundwater field research in a fractured bedrock environment right in our own backyard! It will be used to enhance field research and hands‐on teaching concerning the use, management and protection of groundwater resources. We have a large real-world field-based laboratory thanks to our long-term collaboration with the City of Guelph with whom we have teamed up to address the city's groundwater challenges – the same challenges faced around the of the world.
Phase I of the BAFF, completed in 2010, included drilling of the first two companion wells and building the core and equipment storage areas. Phase II, when completed, will add additional boreholes, laboratory and research office spaces as well as classrooms for teaching professional development short courses to our experts and colleagues from the corporate world.
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When fully completed, the Groundwater Discovery Center will serve many research and teaching purposes for several University of Guelph departments involved in water resource science and engineering by providing students with excellent opportunities for hands -on learning.
It will be used for community outreach programs, pre-school to high school education opportunities and also as a location to teach short courses to groundwater professionals.
G360 operates two analytical laboratories on the main University of Guelph Campus in Alexander Hall. These labs are staffed by full-time, professional technicians and facilitate the analysis of rock, soil and water samples for organic contaminants using advanced techniques. Work conducted in these labs helps to further work associated with all the major research focuses of the Centre for Applied Groundwater Research.
The microwave extraction and gas chromatography labs work in tandem to produce high-resolution contaminant profiles obtained from discretely sampled rock and soil cores. The Milestone ETHOS SEL Microwave Oven is used to heat potentially contaminated samples in pressurized vessels which virtually eliminates the losses of volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) incurred using other methods of sample-contaminant analysis. Samples are then prepared and transferred to the gas chromatograph lab for analysis on the Agilent 6890/5975 Gas Chromatograph / Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) and the Tekmar Atomx Purge and Trap System. These analyses facilitate high-sensitivity identification of both target and non-target analytes, which is critical to contaminated site investigation as non-target analytes (primarily degradation products of initial contaminants) may potentially pose a greater risk to public health and the environment.